Newsletter #175 for November 1, 2016
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U.S. EPA Considering Replacing All Lead Water Pipes

In a white paper released at the end of October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it is considering replacing all lead service lines. It's one of several regulatory options being considered as part of the agency's upcoming revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). EPA is also mulling over whether to require drinking water utilities to identify the number and location of lead service lines in their system and if partial line replacements should be limited or prohibited. 

According to EPA's Joel Beauvais, the white paper also addresses "improving optimal corrosion control treatment requirements, consideration of a health-based benchmark for household-level interventions, the potential role of point-of-use filters, clarifications or strengthening of tap sampling requirements, increased transparency, and enhanced public education requirements." Many of these topics and options were developed based on  recommendations from the agency's National Drinking Water Advisory Council and the Science Advisory Board.

A revised LCR is expected to be proposed in 2017. 

Click here to read more from Beauvais. To download the full white paper, visit

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RCAC specialist Angela Hengel walks through the development of individualized O&M manuals that provide not only written information, but detailed yet easy to follow video instructions on plant operations and maintenance in this guest post. 

Developing and Implementing Tools for Small Systems to Evaluate and Select Appropriate Treatment Technologies
This post is a project update originally shared in our Technology News newsletter. 

Common Distribution System Deficiencies
This article from Spigot News covers different aspects of the distribution system, including cross-connection, backflow, depressurization events, water age and infrastructure deterioration. 

Tribal Utility News Subscribers Give Us Insight into Tribal System Needs
Our Tribal Utility News subscriber survey gives insights into the unique challenges and needs facing tribal utilities.

Common Treatment Deficiencies
This article from Spigot News is the second installment in a series of articles to help small water systems identify the most common problems found during a sanitary survey or other investigatory site visit conducted by Ohio EPA staff. 

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This webpage allows you to test your knowledge of wastewater and laboratory topics using Skills Builder—a set of quizzes provided by WEF as a free resource for operator education. The quizzes incorporate math, safety, and a variety of other topics. Skills Builder provides feedback on your answers as well as references for follow-up study sources. Results are completely confidential and are not recorded. 

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Featured Video: Problem Solved Video Series

The Problem Solved video series from American Water College walks through the solutions to math problems found on state certification exams and those that are important to the day-to-day work of water and wastewater operators. 

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Reading Selections

Owasco Lake Drinking Water Toxins an Issue in Central NY Elections
Republican and Democrat alike say water quality in Owasco Lake is one of the biggest issues facing New York's 126th Assembly District. 

21st Century Water Demand Forecasting
Although the examples are from larger cities, this blog post highlights flaws in long-rage water use forecasting and offers some tips to improve the process. 

Top 10 Technologies from WEFTEC 2016
The editor of Water Online shares a "best of" list from the exhibition hall at the recent Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference in New Orleans. 

Kids Offered Halloween Tour of Greenville Wastewater Plant
Utility officials in North Carolina take advantage of the holiday to educate youth on the wastewater treatment process. 

New Mural Unveiled on Adams Wastewater Treatment Plant
As part of an initiative to install art along the Berkshire Scenic Railway, a mural has been added to the wastewater treatment plant in the small town of Adams, Massachusetts. 

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